This is a basic psychological method, developed in the early 20th Century, of manipulating an agenda, whether it be an individual salesman making a sale, a Government wanting to push through potentially unpopular legislation or a Corporation trying to increase its profit margin.
- Problem: Manipulate “customer” reaction by creating a perceived problem, perhaps by leaking stories to the press.
For Example: “Iraqi WMD”, “Terrorist Threats”, “Global Warming”
- Reaction: Your “customer” is obviously concerned by this apparent turn of events and demands help and protection.
- Solution: You come up with the “solution” to save the day, the same “solution” you would never have been able to sell before making the “customer” worried.
For Example: an endless “War On Drugs” or “War On Terror”; people for the first time being willing to pay more taxes and cut back on their consumption to “Save The World” all under a false pretext of “Climate Change” that may be caused by other factors such as Geo-Engineering
Similarly, Toffler mentioned that to accelerate the drastic changes that would be occurring globally, crises would be strategically placed on existing political systems. Without using crises, politicians would not be motivated to make these radical structural changes. This would only occur, he said, when the problem was already so advanced that they would see no alternative. “By seducing or terrorizing the population,” Toffler suggested, “it becomes possible to persuade one’s subjects that the existing power system is not only inevitable and permanent, but morally right and proper, if not actually divine.”
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